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Poster: ccandreva Date: Mar 24, 2004 4:11am
Forum: prelinger Subject: Request: Post Office / Mail related films

I was just looking for any stock footage relateing to mail -- Post Office shots, machines, mailmen on their rounds, etc. I notice there's not even a category for Mail or Post Office.

I find it hard to believe there weren't any films made about the post office. Are there any in the queue for encoding ?

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Poster: summerseve Date: Mar 24, 2004 6:12am
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: Request: Post Office / Mail related films

I'd say ignore the categories and use the search box. Try all the words and phrases you've mentioned above, and their derivatives, i.e. mailman, mailmen, "mail man", postal, "post office" etc. Put phrases in quotation marks as above, or you'll get results for each word in the phrase individually as well. Good luck.

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Poster: GersonK Date: Mar 24, 2004 2:19pm
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: Request: Post Office / Mail related films

I don't remember how much actual postal footage there is in this in this one, but man is it ever about mail.

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Poster: Marysz Date: Mar 25, 2004 12:23am
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: Request: Post Office / Mail related films

The film "Powers of Congress" has a short post office scene in the beginning, as I recall.

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Poster: ccandreva Date: Mar 30, 2004 11:12am
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: Request: Post Office / Mail related films

Wow, that is surreal.

What I was looking for was some of those standard shots of mail zipping through machines, sacks being dumped, people sorting, etc.

Background on what I'm doing: I own a small ISP, and every year we have a booth at the local home show. I'm attempting to make my own Industrial Video to loop at the show, using "Your Name Here" as a hook. (Take the intro of the video through the map, cut to the couple in bed, from his "Impossible Dream" to me talking about what we do over various stock shots and stuff I've shot around our office with my camcorder.

So -- the mail shots would be shown while I talked about e-mail.

Mostly it's just to get people to stop at our booth. Even if they stop to say how bad it is -- they still stopped !

My wife found the perfect shot -- mail being dumped from sacks, people sorting mail and dumping it out of an overhead bin. Unfortunately, the next shot has one of the workers picking up a letter and finding it addressed to Santa Claus at the City Court House. :-(

Oh well, time to keep looking.

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Poster: fototune Date: Apr 16, 2004 6:09am
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: Request: Post Office / Mail related films

Please Print and Fill Out This Form
My name is Bob Gersztyn and I'm writing a book about the Post Office. It will include photographs that I've taken over the past 30 years, essays describing what the images are of, and quotes from postal employees stating their personal opinions about the U. S. Postal Service. Only model released photographs and quotes will be used. I've informed management on the local, regional, and national levels, including Postmaster General John E. Potter, of my intentions. I also obtained written permission from Clifford G. Koch, the plant manager of my home office, in Salem, Oregon. My ambition is to create a historical document which communicates an accurate picture of the U.S. Postal Service from its inception in 1971 to the time of my retirement in 2006. If this project is successful, a percentage of all proceeds will be donated to the "Postal Employees Relief Fund."
I began working for the U.S. Post Office in 1970, and participated in the only strike in postal history, as a Mail Carrier, in Birmingham, Michigan. I've worked as both a Mail Carrier and a Mail Handler, in Michigan, California, and Oregon. I've worked in 11 different offices, quit the Post Office twice, for a total of 8 years, have been re-instated twice, and transferred twice. My first exposure to the Post Office was during my military service in the Army when I served as a mail clerk for my unit from 1967-1968.
Over the course of my postal career I've worked as a part time freelance photojournalist, publishing my photographs, articles, and interviews in a variety of periodicals, including: "The Angel City Carrier," "Blues Review," "Broken Arrow," "The Daily Barometer," "The Door Magazine," "Gig," "Guitar Player," "LIVE Magazine," "Mail Handlers Local 315 Publications," "Peterson's Photographic," "SCF 973 Publications," "The Statesman Journal,"and "Western Area Update," to name some. I contributed two dozen articles, as well as photographs to Taylor & Francis, a division of Routledge publishing, for inclusion in their 2005 publication of the "Encyclopedia of American Gospel Music."
This form is a questionnaire for gathering quotes from postal workers. While sample questions are given, the participant may make any statement that they choose about any subject relating to the U.S. Postal Service. By signing this form the participant is giving permission to publish their quote in a book, periodical, or any other medium. Please use the blank side of this form or add additional sheets if necessary to make your statement. Please keep your statement short, to the point, and from 10 to 100 words. Please mail this completed and signed form to: Bob Gersztyn; P.O. Box 13663; Salem, Oregon, 97309-1663, as soon as possible for inclusion. Only signed quotes will be used. You may view some of my work at: Email address : Phone: (503)363-0404

Employee Name (printed):_______________________________________________________________

Employee Name (signature):_____________________________________________________________

Employee Craft:_______________________________________________ Years in service:_________

Facility Name & Location:_______________________________________________________________
1. The thing that I like the most about working for the U.S. Postal Service is:
2. The thing that I dislike the most about working for the U.S. Postal Service is:
3. My summary of the postal service in 100 words or less:
4. Any statement about the U. S. Postal Service that I choose:
5. The most interesting thing that I've experienced during my postal career is:
Thank You